Today, our Institute for Community Studies publishes a report exploring ‘citizen science’ projects that were funded the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Citizen Science Exploration Grant (CSEG).  

These projects – and this form of participatory research – seeks to actively engage members of the public in the research process.  

Extending impact 

The findings suggest that this approach can stimulate ‘ripple effects’, with participants sharing findings and ideas with their friends and networks – thereby extending the impact of projects  

Citizen science also has potential to establish and build meaningful relationships between researchers and wider society, integrating scientific and social themes, and generating high-quality data and materials.  

Richard Harries, Director of The Young Foundation’s Institute for Community Studies, said:  

“We’ve been struck by the high calibre and significant value of research gathered through the citizen science projects. However, the most striking benefit has been the extensive ‘ripple effect’ of this method, as research approaches and findings were shared organically through citizen scientists’ formal and informal networks and friendship groups.”  

‘Important outcomes’ 

UKRI is working to break down barriers and involve a broader range of people in the design and delivery of research and innovation. Head of Public Engagement, Tom Saunders, concluded:  

“This new report demonstrates how citizen science can be a powerful tool to achieve these goals. We can see it’s not just about improving the outputs of specific projects but has important outcomes for learning and interaction between researchers and society.” 


Read the report and join our free online event, Hive minds: funding a more participatory future for Citizen Science, 21 September, 10am-12pm 

Peer research Posted on: 10 August 2022


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